Too soon to say if a star is Bourne on 49ers receiving corps?

first_img Kurtenbach: The 49ers need a new identity — it’s up to Jimmy Garoppolo to provide it “You can tell there’s been no flinch between anybody,” Bourne said, “so kudos to C.J. for coming in poised and being ready and making us look good.” NFL picks Week 16: 49ers rebound, Raiders fall, Patriots clinch SANTA CLARA — Kendrick Bourne has led the 49ers in at least one category since arriving last year: social-media selfies on Instagram.Now he’s doing more than posing for pictures in his car or the weight room. He’s added touchdown celebrations to the photo gallery, at an encouraging and desperately needed rate.The 49ers “like” that. He’s their only player with two touchdown receptions – and counting.Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne #84 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on Sept. 30, 2018 in Carson, California.“Last week was his best game, especially with the fact that we threw him at a position he hadn’t done before,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He would not have been able to do that last year. He pulled that off for us versus Los Angeles, so very appreciative and proud of him for that.” Bourne, typically the backup to Pierre Garçon at flanker (“Z”), got thrust into the split-end role (“X”) as Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis sustained injuries in Sunday’s 29-27 loss at the Chargers.NFL Pick ‘Em: It’s you against Smash MouthClick here to make your 49ers-Cardinals & Raiders-Chargers predictions“I kind of proved myself knowing the plays around the playbook, not just ‘Z,’ ” Bourne said. “Also I had help from the guys around me saying: ‘You can do it. It’s not tough. Listen to the play call. And don’t flinch.’ “Bourne could be needed again at “X,” seeing how Goodwin (quadriceps, hamstring) remains hindered by injuries. Rookie Richie James is another option. Pettis, Goodwin’s usual backup, won’t play in Sunday’s game against the winless Arizona Cardinals (0-4) because of a knee injury.San Francisco 49ers’ Kendrick Bourne (84) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)Such is the state of the 2018 Niners: see how younger backups are developing in place of injured starters. Season-ending knee injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon have allowed the 49ers to get a better look at C.J. Beathard and Matt Breida, who are second-year players, as is Bourne. 49ers Deebo Samuel helping key playoff run as respected rookie Goodwin said Bourne has heeded his advice, and their connection has been evident in their lightly choreographed dances to celebrate touchdowns.“What you see is what you get with Kendrick,” Goodwin said of Bourne’s energy. “He’s receptive to those things you tell him and takes it to heart.“He loves football and wants to get better and wants to win like anybody else. You can see how much he really enjoys being out there. A lot of other people you can’t tell. This guy is always smiling, dancing and in his groove. That’s because he’s preparing himself each week and he’s able to have fun and be himself.”Bourne’s 6-foot-1 frame offers play-making potential, mostly untapped since he arrived last year undrafted out of Eastern Washington.“He came here to where he had never seen a playbook before,” Shanahan added. “The system he had played in there was a lot of backyard ball for him, which is something that makes him pretty good because he can make some plays and he has a way of just adjusting to looks naturally.“But, there was a part of his game that he had to learn that you can’t always play backyard ball and be consistent.”Bourne studied up on the playbook. But consistency dogged him, such as knowing the playbook’s details or dropping passes in practice and exhibitions.“He was just kind of raw and didn’t necessarily know what he was doing, per se,” quarterback C.J. Beathard recalled of the 2017 Bourne. “If you told him to get open, he would go get open and he would do it.“But, what he’s so good at now is doing it within the timing of the route combinations and stuff like that. He’s got a lot better knowledge of the offense and he’s really becoming a good receiver.”San Francisco 49ers’ Kendrick Bourne (84) and Dallas Cowboys’ Marquez White (39) jump up for a ball in the endzone in the third quarter of their preseason NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)Bourne indeed has revived thoughts he can be a key contributor, especially in the red zone, where both of his touchdown catches have come from this season; he had no TDs among his 16 receptions (257 yards) as a rookie.On Sunday’s 2-yard touchdown catch that gave the 49ers a 14-0 lead, Bourne lined up on the right side and beat man coverage off a Beathard play-action fake. “I counted on him to get open versus man on the corner,” Beathard said. “And he did, and he ended up making a good catch with tight coverage.”Could Bourne eventually replace Garçon at the “Z” spot? Or could it be a situational platoon, seeing how Bourne has two red-zone TDs and Garçon hasn’t scored since 2016? All hands are needed to help Beathard improve Sunday to 2-5 as a starting quarterback.Related Articles 49ers vs. Rams: 5 keys to winning on Saturday night stage Roger Craig, high-kicking 49ers running back, has 50-50 chance for induction to Hall of Fame last_img read more

Dynamic FC snares Nofa Cup over stunned Barotac

first_imgDynamic FC coach Ronald Ian Treyes attributed his side’s rise to the hard work the players have put over the past year.“This shows how much these players have developed in one year,” Treyes said. “The core of this team was much younger than the other teams last year, but we saw a lot of maturity and composure from the players this time. Next year, it will be a different team again for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRico was also on target as Dynamic overwhelmed Don Bosco Cebu, 4-1, while Barotac prevailed over Golden Harvest of Bukidnon via the same scoreline in the other semifinal.Nofa president Ricky Yanson said standouts in the tournament will form the squad bound for Soong Ching Ling Cup in Beijing, China, in August. LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Fuelled by last year’s quarterfinal defeat, a relentless Dynamic FC side stunned LGU Barotac Nuevo, 5-0, on Sunday night to wrest the 4th Nofa Under-13 Cup at Sta. Maria field in Bacolod City.San Carlos City-born Rey Allen Rico fired a hattrick, while Frankie Felia and Elijah Pabalete were also on the scoresheet for a Dynamic side which showed vast improvement after its early exit last year.ADVERTISEMENT Fluid Angels win third straight; Cool Smashers score DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Yanson vowed to come up with a bigger tournament next year with the help of the Philippine Football Federation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

The 25 Campuses Every College Football Fan Needs To Visit

first_imgLogo map of college football teams.We’re a couple of months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. college logo map If you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning some trips for the fall. Of course, you’re going to want to visit the campus of your favorite school to take in your team’s games. But America is full of awesome college football towns that everyone needs to visit, regardless of your rooting interest. We’ve decided to rank America’s top 25 college football towns. Put all of these places on your bucket list because they’re definitely worth a trip. Presenting College Spun’s Top 25 College Football Towns. Start With No. 25 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10last_img read more

Ronaldo extraordinary – Allegri

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as “extraordinary” ahead of their first leg against Real Madrid on TuesdayThe Portuguese star played an integral part in Real’s 4-1 win over Juventus in last season’s Champions League final at Cardiff by bagging a brace.Ronaldo has scored 36 goals in his 33 appearances in all competitions this season and Allegri hailed the forward’s transition into adapting towards the latter stages of his career.“We have to be very good as a unit [to stop him],” said Allegri, according to Football-Espana.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I think we need to congratulate Ronaldo because for a player to be 30 or 31 and change his playing style completely is something extraordinary.”The Italian, who was recently awarded the Panchina d’Oro for a third time, believes that Gareth Bale more likely to start for Real than Isco.“Isco or Bale to start? You’d have to ask Zidane as I am the Juventus Coach and I am in no position to make a call or comment about it.“Honestly, I think Bale may be more likely but then maybe it will be Isco, I honestly do not know.”last_img read more

Nikola Kalinic wants AC Milan exit confirms Agent

first_imgNikola Kalinic’s agent has confirmed that the forward is looking to leave AC Milan this summer with Atletico Madrid rumoured to be interested in signing himMilan appears to be going from bad to worse at the moment following club owner Li Yonghong’s failure to pay off his €303m debt to American hedge fund Elliott Management, who loaned him the capital to purchase the Italian club last April.As such, Milan have now been taken over by Elliot and face an uncertain future with several first-team players expected to leave the San Siro this summer in order to help pay off their debts.One of those players being linked with a move away from the seven-time European champions is Kalinic.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Kalinic is aware of the interest of several teams,” Tomislav Erceg, Kalinic’s agent, told Estadio Deportivo, via Football-Espana.“But he has to wait and see what Milan decides…Atletico are interested, we cannot hide that fact, but Sevilla are too, there are several options open, but it depends on Milan’s management.“Nikola knows how competitive Atletico are, with a great coach like Simeone at the helm, but right now it is not in our hands to decide, once Milan express their decision, we will evaluate it.”Kalinic was originally a part of Croatia’s World Cup squad this summer before being sent home by head coach Zlatko Dalic for refusing to enter the pitch in their 2-0 win over Nigeria in the group stages, despite the striker later claiming that he had a back injury.last_img read more

Van Dijk eyeing legendary status at Anfield

first_imgVirgil van Dijk feels Liverpool have the quality to achieve great things on the pitch and further suggested he aims to be a club legend.The Dutch skipper has racked up 54 appearances and two goals for the Reds since he joined from Southampton in January 2018.Van Dijk has helped stabilise the Reds defence with the club boasting the best defensive record with 14 clean sheets and the least number of goals conceded so far this season.Asked by BBC’s Football Daily podcast how he’d like to be remembered by those fans in the future, Van Dijk replied: “That’s a difficult question, but maybe as a legend of Liverpool.“At the moment, that’s something that comes to my mind. I want to achieve great things, amazing things, here. We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools, but obviously, we have to do it.“For us, we have a team in the league that is pretty good as well [Manchester City] that are doing fantastic. We’re matching them at the moment and we will see what happens.“I just want to give everything for this club. They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them and hopefully make sure we achieve great things.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017]. I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club.”Before I signed my contract, I was 15 or 16 and working as a dishwasher in a Breda restaurant.”An in-depth interview on the life of Virgil van Dijk:— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 21, 2019“When you play for this club, you’ll always be welcome as you’ve been part of the family. It’s one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”The Reds will send out a message to Man City if they beat arch-rivals Manchester United to secure the top spot on Sunday.last_img read more

Official Real Sociedad sack Asier Garitano

first_imgReal Sociedad have sacked manager Asier Garitano after suffering four defeats in a rowLast Friday’s 1-0 home loss to Deportivo Alaves sent La Real down to 15th-place in La Liga and just four points above the relegation zone.Therefore, Los Txuri-Urdin have decided to release Garitano after just seven months in charge at Anoeta.Sociedad thanked Garitano “for all the contribution, professionalism and dedication he has shown during the exercise of his duties in the management of the first team, while wishing him the best for his professional and personal future”The club announced then on their website that former coach Imanol Alguacil has been brought in to replace the fired Garitano from Sanse.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.La Real will next take on Real Madrid away in La Liga on January 6.COMUNICADO OFICIAL: Imanol Alguacil será el entrenador del primer equipo #RealSociedad ⬇— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) December 26, 2018last_img read more